Ghosts and spirits are usually the subject of campfire tales and horror movies, but occasionally, the legal system hears cases involving real-world hauntings. Obviously, modern courts aren't equipped to answer the question of whether or not ghosts are legally considered real, but a large portion of people believes that ghosts do indeed exist - about 40% of people, according to USA Today.
A belief in ghosts can cause plenty of real-world problems: The undead have been involved in several court cases in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, spanning everything from real-estate disputes to trespassing to copyright infringement.
Here are 10 real-life court cases that involved ghosts and how they played out.
Restaurateurs Refused To Move Into A Newly Renovated Building After Hearing It Was Haunted
Mark Twain’s Ghost Allegedly Wrote A Book Through An Ouija Board
The 'Ghostbusters' Ruling States That You Must Disclose A Supposed Haunting When Selling A Property
An Author Was Sued For Sharing A Haunted Farmhouse Legend
Warner Bros. Was Asked To Prove That Ghosts Are RealPhoto: The Conjuring / Warner Bros.
‘The People's Court’ Made A Judgment On The Haunting Of A Toms River Home